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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Rinisari Re:Here is the text (203 comments)

Which means that nothing has actually changed. They're just codifying the cultural practice that was already in place:

  • No projects are guaranteed to deliver
  • Show that you used the funds appropriately
  • Give prorated refunds
  • You may get sued at any point

about a week ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Rinisari Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

I feel the same, and recognize that any person would and should be calling for the officer's head.

However, there was no criminal negligence or intent. That would be necessary to charge. He was operating within the law. Now, we citizens need to push for laws that hold officers to the same distracted driving standards that citizens are bound by, because those laws are based on human nature, not government edict.

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Rinisari I don't care about Java (511 comments)

Java is moving into archaic irrelevance faster than ever. That is, the language itself.

The JVM, however, is now more useful and relevant than it ever was. It used to be naught but an implementation detail. Now, rather, it's central to an entire ecosystem of languages that will inevitably send Java the way of C: used only when the greatest speed is necessary.

Scala is basically a next-generation Java. Java with functional programming, or really, vice versa. JRuby make Ruby actually scalable, given the presence of native threads and interoperability with existing enterprise libraries that commonly only ship in the form of Java or C# libraries. Clojure enables LISPers of yore and Schemers of new import explore functional programming as it used to be, without having to drop the wealth of Java libraries available. Ceylon, Groovy, Jython, and dozen of others are paving a way to give the JVM much more to do after Java becomes obsolete.

Java will never die - it'll just become like COBOL, Fortran, and C before it: used in enterprise software, operating systems, and outdated educational assessments.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Corporate Open Source Policy?

Rinisari CLA (57 comments)

Having a solid Contributor License Agreement process in place would probably be a good idea. That way, it's clear who owns the code that comes in and encourages people to contribute while defining a (necessary evil) process for doing so. You'll lose random passers-by, but just one passer-by who gets litigious could be more of a headache than it's worth.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

Rinisari Re:Of course (141 comments)

The manufacturer, so that it breaks, and we have a reason to go buy another expensive one or get it repaired.

Collusion, I tell ya!

about a month and a half ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Rinisari Re:Viable Replacement? (242 comments)

Since my primary usage of their service is to access my array of routers at networks I control, I plan on using one of these alternatives if DNSimple, where I have a paid account, doesn't implement dyndns support in the next 30 days:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/ind...

about 6 months ago
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Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

Rinisari Whack-a-mole (102 comments)

And now, if Twitter wants to, it can make Turkey play whack-a-mole by moving IPs every time one gets blocked...

about 6 months ago
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US Court Freezes Assets of Mt. Gox CEO

Rinisari A test of the principles (132 comments)

So this is actually a test of the one of the attractive principles of Bitcoin: no one can separate you from your money, assuming that you control your private keys. Karpeles isn't a complete idiot, so I'm certain the keys to what balance he himself maintains are safely stored somewhere only he knows (brain wallet?). So, assuming that he has substantial holdings in bitcoin, then what good does the asset freeze do? He is free to spend bitcoin, unless the asset freeze also prevents businesses from accepting money of any kind from him.

Same holds for the two companies, but they are much more likely to have a larger USD balance that is actually affected by the freeze.

about 7 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

Rinisari Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (448 comments)

Methinks if Mr. Hiroshima had the funds available, or pro-bono lawyer stepped in, there's grounds for a lawsuit against at least PayPal if not also GoDaddy.

about 8 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

Rinisari Re:Comments are missing the point (370 comments)

I think it's a bit of an extension to say that this law does anything more than extend harassment laws to specifically prohibit use of a drone to harass someone.

While you and I may consider advertisements to often be harassing, a court may not!

about 9 months ago
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Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

Rinisari Re:What's bzr? (252 comments)

Bazaar. It's a VCS that Canonical developed. Why Switch to Bazaar?

IMO, the only things that Bazaar has up on Git these days is released, official support for Windows and thus better GUIs all around for all platforms. Git is still technically a pre-release for Windows. Bazaar is also purportedly better for binary files than Git, and allows downloads from any point in the history (instead of Git requiring that you download the whole repository history).

about 9 months ago
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PC Plus Packs Windows and Android Into Same Machine

Rinisari Windroy? (319 comments)

Windroy?

about 9 months ago
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Millions of Dogecoin Stolen Over Christmas

Rinisari Reductio Ad Absurdum is not a defense (132 comments)

All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.

At least this time it's of a currency worth very, very little, so losses aren't that great and there are even more great minds thinking about how to solve cryptocurrency security problems. The end-user human will always be the weakest link, and the trust that the end user places on others always the most vulnerable part.

about 9 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Rinisari Re:OMFG (691 comments)

Blame government for treating Bitcoin as a commodity instead of as a currency

It's not a currency, you fucking retard. It is a commodity. The fact that it can lose--what are we at now--66% of it's value overnight pretty much makes it clear it isn't money, but rather a security. And a very volatile one at that.

Let's talk Greeks, Cypriots, Argentinians, Zimbabweans, and some others about currency value changes overnight.

about 9 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Rinisari Re:OMFG (691 comments)

There are many, many reasons why these silly "digital currencies" won't translate to real life.

Do tell.

about 9 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Rinisari Re:OMFG (691 comments)

I can burn less than 10 calories to add 10 times as many Bitcoin to the world.

How many calories do I have to burn to divide a piece of gold into 10?

about 9 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Rinisari Re:Now a review without reading TFA? (691 comments)

No, I believe that people who are not good at what they do should lose their job.

about 9 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Rinisari Re:OMFG (691 comments)

I actually do have a sense of perspective, as blockchain growth is a frequent discussion topic among protocolists such as myself. It's a legitimate problem and it's something that is slowly working toward being solved with the advent of SPV clients and decentralized clients.

To say that Bitcoin will never be able to cope with the velocity and volume of transactions is to underestimate the technical ability of the entirety of the open source community, because Bitcoin is open to contributions from everyone, not some secluded banking group or government agency with selfish motives.

You also fail to account for Garzik's Theory, which states that a modification to the set of base facts (limits, hash algorithms, etc.) that comprise an alternative coin, such as Litecoin, Namecoin, and Primecoin, that causes that currency to challenge the value of Bitcoin can and likely will be adopted by every other currency. I mention Primecoin because it is doing something "externally useful" with its hashing, and that is to find prime numbers. If that work proves useful, then Bitcoin is free to adopt it, as well, of course only with the vote of 51% of the miners.

Moreover, it's not wasteful when someone is extracting value from it.

about 9 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Rinisari Re:OMFG (691 comments)

Hoarding a currency is natural when its purchasing power is increasing and there's nothing worth spending it on. Deflation makes people wiser spenders. Businesses and governments don't like this because they need cash flowing, and would rather devalue the currency to incent spending than produce products that people really want enough to spend their money.

We may have a philosophical difference here, so there's not a whole lot of point in going on at length.

about 9 months ago

Submissions

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Ask Slashdot: Open source software for bill and document management?

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Rinisari (521266) writes "Since striking out on my own nearly a decade ago, I've been collecting bills and important documents in a briefcase and small filing box. Since buying a house more than a year ago, the amount of paper that I receive and need to keep has increased to deluge amounts and is overflowing what space I want to dedicate. I would like to scan everything, and only retain the papers for things that don't require the original copies. I'd archive the scans in my heavily backed up NAS. What free and/or open source software is out there that can handle this task of document management? Being able to scan to PDF and associate a date and series of labels to a document would be great, as well as some other metadata such as bill amount. My target OS is OSX, but Linux and Windows would be OK."
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Pro gamer fatal1ty says gamers learn "10 times mor

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  about 2 years ago

Rinisari writes "Nik Parenti from the Pittsburgh LAN Coalition interviewed professional gamer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Johnathan "fatal1ty" Wendel. In it, Wendel talks extensively about his video gaming background, how he got into professional gaming, and how he continues to be active in the e-sports scene. He also shares some advice to aspiring gamers: "The amount of information you'll gain at going to a LAN party compared to what you find out online is drastically different. I always said you'll learn ten times the amount of information by going to a LAN party than you will online, ever. ... Get to LAN parties, you'll learn way more.""
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Adobe releases preview of 64-bit Flash for Linux

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Rinisari writes "Finally, the day has come. Adobe has released a prerelease version of the 64-bit Flash player. It is available at the Adobe Labs Flash Player 10 download site immediately. Where are the Windows and Mac versions? "Release of this alpha version of 64-bit Flash Player on Linux is the first step in delivering upon Adobes commitment to make Flash Player native 64-bit across platforms. We chose Linux as our initial platform in response to numerous requests in our public Flash Player bug and issue management system and the fact that Linux distributions do not ship with a 32-bit browser or a comprehensive 32-bit emulation layer by default. Until this prerelease, use of 32-bit Flash Player on Linux has required the use of a plugin wrapper, which prevents full compatibility with 64-bit browsers. With this prelease, Flash Player 10 is now a full native participant on 64-bit Linux distributions." Windows and Mac OS X 64-bit versions will follow, and the final versions all will be released simultaneously. Tamarin, the JIT compiler in Flash, is now capable of producing 64-bit code and nspluginwrapper is no longer required. There are, however, no plans to release a debugger version of the 64-bit plugin. I've been following this for some time now at issue FP-37 at Adobe Bugs "AMD64 support needed in Linux.""
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Creative asks driver modder to cease and desist

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Rinisari writes "Creative Labs message boards user Daniel_K had been modifying the Vista driver to re-enable functionality which was apparently available on Windows XP but disabled for Vista. In a somewhat DMCA-like claim this past Friday, Phil O'Shaughnessy, VP Corporate Communications at Creative Labs, wrote a message on Creative's message boards asking using user Daniel_K "to respect our legal rights in this matter and cease all further unauthorized distribution of our technology and IP." This created an immense outcry from folks who have paid a premium for Creative's X-Fi line of sound cards, which is "intentionally crippled" on Vista. Creative doesn't seem to care, though. "If we choose to develop and provide host-based processing features with certain sound cards and not others, that is a business decision that only we have the right to make." It appears that the modified drivers are still available, but will no longer be updated as per Creative's request."
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Post the Constitution Day

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Rinisari writes "February 4 is a significant day because it's the day before the February 5 Super Tuesday elections, when a large, large number of states will hold their primaries or caucuses. Recognizing that many voters have either never read the US Constitution or haven't read it in a very long time, I urge the people of the Internet to post the entirety of the US Constitution on their blogs, in their forums, and in any other public space to which they can post it. A brief statement of statement of intent, directions, and both HTML and BBcode versions of the Constitution are available at my blog post entitled, "Post the Constitution Day"."
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Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rinisari writes "I'm a senior computer science major at a small private school in Pennsylvania. I'd eventually like to teach high school computer science, but I'm unsure how to get there. I know grad school—or at least a secondary education certification program—is probably in my future, but I'd love to hear how other computer science teachers got into their position. I'm aware of the Business, Computer, and Information Technology secondary education certification in Pa., but I fear that certification would put me in a position to be teaching less-desirable classes like keyboarding or accounting. How did you get to be a computer science teacher?"

Journals

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Political ads on Slashdot

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I grow weary of the 2008 election political ads which adorn the pages of Slashdot nowadays. McCain seems to have a firm grasp on Slashdot's ad space, something which I'm sure is not purposeful on the part of the powers-that-be, but rather a well-targeted campaign from the McCain camp. This Jim Gerlach running for the PA 6th also has many ads, but the number of AZ senator's impressions simply dwarf that of Mr. Gerlach.

McCain's policies would do little more than hurt the average Slashdotter, so I question why the ancient senator would bother trying. Slashdot is decidedly libertarian in thought, even though its clientèle may vote Democrat or Republican most of the time. If my assessment is incorrect, then I would assume that Obama would have more of a chance of wooing Slashdotters--he's already gained support from the likes of Lawrence Lessig, Wil Wheaton, and Randall Munroe.

I would honestly like to see Bob Barr advertise on Slashdot, even if just to further spread the message of liberty and Constitutionalism.

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How to tell if Comcast is messing with BitTorrent?

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Most people, at least Slashdot readers, have heard or read that Comcast is allegedly using some sort of packet shaping or packet inspection to "delay" BitTorrent seeding (uploading in BitTorrent parlance). Downloading works fine, but seeding is nearly impossible unless one enables encryption. I've seen this myself—I attempted to download Ubuntu 7.10 and let it seed last weekend while I was out of town for a wedding. After two days, I had completed the download, but I'd uploaded a mere 28 MB. There were more than 5,000 seeds, too.

Here's where it gets fishy. The day prior, I'd downloaded Ubuntu 7.10 on a Windows® box with uTorrent. It seeded just fine—uTorrent enables encryption by default. However, I used another computer to seed during the weekend, one running KTorrent on Kubuntu 7.04. Encryption was not enabled. I enabled it remotely (ssh tunnel to vnc), and suddenly, the seeding started. In the next two days before I returned, I'd seeded more than 2 GB.

So, this brings me to my actual question, or petition for assistance. How can I tell if Comcast is actively injecting RST packets as the AP and TorrentFreak have confirmed? How can I test this, other than by watching peers attempt to connect vainly?

I want to conduct the same tests so that I have the results for myself. There are three local newspapers in my area which service Comcast customers, and a well-written, data-backed letter to the editor might get enough people in a furor to actually call the local Comcast office and complain.

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Capstone

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have more or less decided on what I'm going to do for my undergrad capstone project: a router distro with a focus on LAN party software. It will act as a NATting router, DHCP, DNS, BitTorrent, IRC, DC++, and Web server, and possibly some others (XMPP, etc.).

Although I haven't decided what distro I'm going to use as a base, I'm leaning towards Linux From Scratch, more specifically Hardened Linux From Scratch. Hardened is more geared toward routers and other network-edge devices.

I'm also going to draw a lot of package ideas from DD-WRT. I've recently become involved in that project (some wiki maintenance and forum activity) and I'm slowly building toward being able to compile my own firmwares (still a long way off, though).

I should have a wiki up with more of my ideas within a couple of weeks. I'm really excited about this project.

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Rant Number 1

Rinisari Rinisari writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, this is the first of many /. journal entries for me, Rinisari, user 521266. My site, Colingrad, will be up shortly, once I find a quality provider. I'm nearing a year in my relationship with my beautiful girlfriend, Megan. She's a really good artist!

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